A final word on the Debate

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Having won both High School and College Student Government elections, I am struck by the unoriginal observation that running for President these days bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the shallow preening and empty symbolism employed by children trying to impress and influence each other.   

The so-called mainstream press has labeled Hillary and Barack the cool kids to be admired and emulated because they possess magical leadership qualities that are nothing more than cynical pronouncements about how much money they’ve raised. 

Eight years ago, we were right where we are now and the belated love the press corps has found for Al Gore after five years of the mess in Mesopotamia was non-existent.   Eight years ago, former Senator Bill Bradley was keeping pace with Al Gore’s fundraising.  Eight years ago, Bill Bradley was speaking with true candor about a great many issues with a forthrightness altogether lacking in our distinguished former Vice President.  Bradley twisted a rhetorical knife in Al Gore’s gut at Iowa’s Black and Brown forum over racial profiling.  He made the point that Al Gore had the power to get Clinton to act in a way nobody else could.   

Bill Bradley spoke about the racial divide and the racial disparities in our nation with an eloquence and conviction that Gore didn’t.  None of it mattered in the end.  Gore out organized Bradley and wiped the floor with him on Super Tuesday, blowing him away in a front loaded calendar from coast to coast.  That’s what Hillary is fixing to do with the “Safe Negro” formerly known as Barack Obama.   

The game is rigged for the organization candidate and Hillary is the organization candidate.  The stumblebum, tone-deaf days of the listening tour are over. Hillary got her shit together and she’s kept it together. There won’t be any mistakes from here on out. It’s one thing to speak to an advanced crowd of 10 or 20 thousand, its another to turn the same folk out to vote for you.  That’s the difference between a movement and a machine.  Hillary has a machine and it’s programmed to crush Obama’s aspirations like a steamroller and to leave him broken and alone licking his wounds.  

The Clintons have never and will never lose a national election-period.  It is not going to happen.  Barack Obama will not be asked to join Mrs. Clinton’s ticket no matter what Mr. Bruce and others have speculated.  I think it will cause her profound problems in the black electorate. It will if we haven’t all fallen asleep. It should because most of us are in the profound grip of the delusion that the President is something other than the chief guardian of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. A black man cannot flip that script no matter what magical powers we believe him to wield. The genius of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy is that we are all its servants, no matter how we resist.

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18 thoughts on “A final word on the Debate

  1. Two very important reasons why she will have to pick Obama for veep should she get the nomination: black votes, fundraising prowess. The only way she can avoid it is if Edwards brings more delegates to the convention than Obama.

  2. Kelley

    I don’t think she’ll pick Barack. She won’t have to. If she gets the nomination, black folks are gonna vote for her, regardless. Not this particular black person, but black people will still vote Clinton, even as she pushes a brotha to the back of the bus.

  3. Rick

    “If she gets the nomination, black folks are gonna vote for her, regardless.”

    I don’t agree with this statement for two reasons. For starters, I think if Hillary gets the nomination — and Obama is not on the ticket — black turnout will be lower. Some folks will simply boycott the election. Second, there are some folks that would vote for an independent ticket – say one headed by Bloomberg – before they voted for Hillary.

    Separately, I read with great amusement today as Hillary — the one who said we are SAFER NOW than we were before September 11 — attempted to chastise Senator Obama for his statement in last night’s debate that he would open dialogue with leaders who have been our rivals over the last couple of years/decades (including Iran, Venezuela). Her attacks today against Obama on this topic only reinforced to me that I think she is a complete idiot.

    (sorry I really tried to keep it civil until that last sentence. I can’t stand Hillary. I’m with rikyrah. There’s no way I’m voting for her. Never.)

  4. rikyrah

    Separately, I read with great amusement today as Hillary — the one who said we are SAFER NOW than we were before September 11 — attempted to chastise Senator Obama for his statement in last night’s debate that he would open dialogue with leaders who have been our rivals over the last couple of years/decades (including Iran, Venezuela). Her attacks today against Obama on this topic only reinforced to me that I think she is a complete idiot.

    ICAM.

    SAFER NOW?

    We created an entirely NEW playground and recruiting tool for Islamic Terrorists – IRAQ- something she’s knee deep in.

    OF COURSE we should talk to Iran, Mr. Chavez and Mr. Il.

    The Next President of the United States will restore communications with Cuba – they just found oil.

    The Next President of the United States will begin talking again to Mr. Chavez – he has oil, and is lining up South America like a bunch of dominos.

    Mr. Il has NUKES – that we WOULDN’T talk to him is INSANE.

  5. If she gets the nomination, as is said before the republicans will be so mobilized it will make 04 look like child’s play. And I wouldn’t blame them.

    I would seriously consider voting a 3rd party. And I will always put my principles before someones electability.

    gObama!

  6. I still believe that John Edwards is poised to sneak in and take the lead (or at least become very competitive). Watch what happens in Iowa.

    Once we get closer to decision time… voters will begin to look at “electability” in a general election. Hillary Clinton is Howard Dean right now.
    Once folks start to look at electability… I think Edwards, Biden and Richardson will actually become more competitive.

    Either way… I don’t really care for any of the candidates.

    But if given a choice among lesser evils, I’d like to see Obama and Edwards…. and a role for someone like Dennis Kucinich in a Democratic Administration.

  7. Rick

    @ rikyrah

    I agree with what you said. We certainly maintained diplomatic relations with the Soviets for the better part of 45 years during the Cold War. And Nixon’s opening up of dialogue with “Red China” in the 1970s to help improve relations in East Asia (as well as South East Asia post-Vietnam) also went further to improve U.S. short and longer term interests.

    I left the last debate with a lower level of respect for HRC than I had previously. But then again, this is the same women who said in NY last summer to a Jewish assembly that the U.S. should “pay any price” to defend Israel (during last summer’s conflict in Lebanon).

    “Pay ANY price”

    Hmmm…Someone should ask her what exactly she meant by that. I have no respect for panderers. or someone who would say just about anything to get elected when I know it goes against my common sense…

  8. Skep is talking as if Obama is some kind of “movement” candidate. If he is, I’d say the bar is mighty low. From where I sit he and his operation look just as corporate and nearly as polished as Hillary and hers.

    BTW, you still ain’t told me what I’m gon’ get when I win this bet either, bro.

  9. Mr. Bruce,

    I done told you, you ain’t gonna get nothin’ cause you ain’t gonna win. Obama is a movement candidate as far as the white blogosphere and white liberals are concerned. You and I know different.

  10. rikyrah

    Mr. Bruce, are you sure that you know how to cook Peach Cobbler? I still want my deep dish pizza instead. :)

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